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Spring 2019
Feb 25, 2020
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IPOL 395 - President/Congress/For Pol
The U.S. constitution is an “invitation to struggle for the privilege of directing America foreign policy.” How is this struggle between the legislative and executive branches unfolding during the current administration? In the summer of 2017, Congress passed by sweeping majorities tough new sanctions on Russia despite the objections of the Trump administration.  In the spring of 2018, the Republican led House and Senate refused to make the deep cuts in State Department and foreign aid spending requested by the Administration. In the fall of 2018, Republican and Democratic Senators sharply criticized the Administration’s characterization of the Saudi crown prince’s role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  A different phase will begin in 2019 as the  new Democratic House majority’s powerful committee chairs seek to increase oversight of overseas military operations, question US support for the Saudi led intervention in war in Yemen, and scrutinize Russian interference in the 2016 election. This course provides a practical understanding of how and why the U.S. Congress influences foreign policy. Part one of the course builds a constitutional, institutional, procedural, political and historical framework for understanding Congress’ role in international affairs. Part two looks at the specific tools used by Congress to influence foreign policy, such as the power of the purse, the authority to regulate foreign commerce, and the ability to reorganize the government. Part three examines the pressure brought to bear on Congress on international issues by the executive branch, foreign governments, lobbyists, advocacy groups and interest groups (in particular U.S.-citizen ethnic interest groups).

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

International Politics Department

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